Reading Advice on Writing is a Great Way to Avoid Writing.

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, reading and curating advice on writing. I also spend a lot of time going to the linked websites reading advice of writing.

All in all, it’s a pleasant way to kill time, while feeling like you’re part of a community, and avoiding having to deal with the headaches of actually writing.

A couple of observations:
First: most of the websites giving advice on writing appear to be written by people who’s only claim to being an author is that they’ve written a blog on writing, and maybe a howto book on becoming a world famous author.

Second: there seems to be a huge number of other folks out there who are also using Pinterest as a stall tactic.

Don’t get me wrong. Pinterest is a great resource, but just how much advice do you need to read before you to get off the dime and type?

Well, humble brag. I got my first draft of a short story finished. –It sucked so much that I deleted an easy 60% of it in the first hour. I even killed the hero and kept the bad guy.

What can I say? The hero was so boring he should be marketed as a cure for insomnia and while I have to admit that the bad guy isn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier, at least I didn’t hit him in the head with a shovel.

So now I’m now on self imposed Pinterest restriction and I’m on to a totally different story.

My hero is more of a victim than hero.
My bad guy is a pixie –a critter about the size of a horsefly– who just showed up and moved in one day.
His best friend thinks she’s cute.
His girlfriend is now his ex-girlfriend because his place smells like pixie shit.
Animal control can’t do anything because pixies are protected.
The only expert on the subject has never actually seen a pixie before.
And before anyone says anything, flyswatters and Raid are right out.

They tell you to torture your hero. –You got it boss.

The story may not be good, but it should be fun.

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